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The McKinley Village Art Walk
Artworks at McKinley Village (Completed and Planned)
Parks & Streets at McKinley Village Named for Artists and Arts Leaders
Overview and Map of McKinley Village
The McKinley Village Art Walk is a multi-faceted project that celebrates Sacramento’s diverse, distinct, and acclaimed art community. This unique, privately funded collaboration between the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the McKinley Village development team features a journey of exploration consisting of sculptures, interactive art installations, exhibitions, and experiences that animate this urban village’s streets, parks, and common areas while honoring Sacramento’s rich artistic past and present.
When completed over the next few years, McKinley Village will include an art walk featuring ten works of public art; a park that honors artist Alan Post, who was also California’s highly respected Legislative Analyst for 28 years, and his wife Helen Post, an accomplished sculptor; a park that honors former Sacramento Mayor Burnett Miller, one of Sacramento’s leading art advocates and philanthropists; 10 streets named for artists, now deceased, who helped define and shape Sacramento’s art scene; and local art work in the McKinley Village Clubhouse. The McKinley Village Way underpass at the entrance to the neighborhood will feature multi-color LED lights that will artfully illuminate the underpass for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, creating an inviting and dynamic urban space. Three additional parks will be named in the future in honor of Sacramentans who have made substantial contributions to the arts.
The project’s art program is unique to the Sacramento region and beyond. It is rare to find a residential housing development that, from the inception of the design process, voluntarily invested in and included the vision of artists to create a distinctive sense of place. The artworks in McKinley Village will inspire a journey by bike or by foot, a reason to pause and reflect, to gather and interact with friends and neighbors, and to encounter the ideas of Sacramento artists.
McKinley Village is graced at its eastern entrance by an 18-foot high honed stainless steel sculpture of tree leaves emerging from the ground. Titled “La Feuille” or “The Leaf”, the sculpture is by Marc Foster, and pays homage to Sacramento’s long-standing identity as the City of Trees. At the western entrance to the neighborhood, a full-scale tractor painted by Jeff Myers will be a reminder of the area’s agricultural roots. Seven other outdoor art installations - from a giant, bejeweled wedding ring by Brenda Louie at the center of an intimate park to two abstract paintings and a table by Hearn Pardee that create an unexpected outdoor picnic and dining area to a sculpture by Suzanne Adan in a residential courtyard – will enliven the common areas located throughout the community.
Under the leadership of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and its executive director Shelly Willis, a panel from the Sacramento community guided the selection of artwork and the development of designs. The panel included renowned Sacramento artist Wayne Thiebaud; former Sacramento Mayor Burnett Miller; Inside Publications publisher and Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commissioner Cecily Hastings; and three members of the McKinley Village development team: Phil Angelides and Megan Norris of Riverview Capital Investments and Aaron Sussman of The New Home Company.